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3 Ways You're Ruining Your Squat

By Genevieve Cunningham

When it comes to working the legs, the squat is king. Everyone knows about the squat. They know that, if they really want a toned backside and legs, they have to include squats in their routine. And a lot of people really do put forth the effort to squat regularly. But what happens when it seems as though the squat isn’t working? It’s quite possibly one of the most frustrating situations. Luckily, your problem with squats may not be in the exercise itself, but rather in a small detail about the execution. If your squat just doesn’t seem to be working, take a look at these three reasons why.

You’re Not Progressing

It’s entirely possible that your body is just ready for more. If you’ve been doing 20 squats every day for months, your body is probably ready to be challenged more. Maybe it’s time to add more reps. Maybe it’s time to add more weight. Whatever the case may be, take a look at your regimen to determine whether or not your squat routine is stale. If so, make the necessary changes to amp it up.

You’re Leaning Too Far Forward

Posture is really important in the squat. One really common mistake that many make is leaning too far forward. This takes some of the stress off of the glutes, which then makes the squat feel easier. Unfortunately, this places a great deal of pressure on the hamstrings, which can result in pain or injury. To check your posture, squat in front of a mirror. The back should be straight, and the shoulders should be going straight up and down … and they shouldn’t be going forward much at all. 

You’re Not Going Low Enough

It’s also possible that you’re not getting low. A squat is supposed to be low to the ground. If possible, you want your thighs to be parallel to the ground. Are you going that low? If not, it’s time to squat lower! It might be challenging at first, but getting yourself lower is a great way to increase the intensity of your squat and make some progress.

Squats really are fantastic for your lower half. If you want to tone up in this area, you should definitely squat! Make sure that these common mistakes aren’t a part of your workout. With a little attention to detail and some perseverance, you can have the best legs around in no time at all.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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